Danger to Others

–Danger to others – All clients should be assessed for current ideation or plans for hurting others. In the United States, if the client is

threatening to harm another person social workers in most states are obligated by law to break confidentiality and take reasonable steps to protect the potential victim or victims either through warning the victim directly or through contacting law enforcement (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2018). Social workers should follow state, local, and facility protocol when responding to client violence or potential violence

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– Social: withdrawal from friends or family members or isolation from support systems by parents, lack of support for or supervision of child at home, poor school attendance and/or performance, parents who blame the child for their problems or expect academic and behavioral performance beyond the child’s developmental level

– Spiritual: belief that God has abandoned him or her, existential crisis –Elder abuse